Another year, another Fantasia Film Festival, and for their 17th year, they are pulling out all the stops. Here’s a list of the recently-announced films that will be making their debut in Montreal at one of North America’s most prestigious genre festivals.
If you’re in Vancouver and looking for some suitable full moon fun on this Friday the 13th, The Rio Theatre (Rue Morgue’s occasional collaborator for West Coast cinematic shenanigans) is hosting a one-night-only screening of Takeshi Miike’s AUDITION.
At their heart, the best horror movies aren’t really horror movies at all. It may sound like an odd assessment, but even a cursory glance of the classics of the genre will turn up films that are, both literally and figuratively, about child abuse and neglect (A Nightmare on Elm Street and Friday the 13th), infidelity and betrayal (Les Diaboliques), post-traumatic stress disorder (Peeping Tom), the urban/rural culture clash (Deliverance), and the role of violent media in modern society (Videodrome). Horror is merely the medium in which these unsavory topics can be openly addressed and discussed; there’s only so much that polite society wants to acknowledge about itself, at least within the confines of normal, everyday human interactions. Rare is the mainstream film that can honestly, brutally acknowledge the worst that the human experience has to offer without flinching or tacking on an uplifting ending to give audiences the false hope that they too can ride off into the celluloid sunset. Dramas, romances, comedy, and even the majority of science-fiction films demand a dollop of optimism when discussing even the most pessimistic of concepts; and, more often than not, there’s no honesty to that. Horror, though… audiences expect a downbeat ending with a horror film. They embrace it. Horror is the one genre where there are no pretensions, only the cold, brutal truth — unfiltered, undiluted.
The British Board of Film Classification have ordered cuts be made to director Axelle Carolyn’s upcoming supernatural romance , SOULMATE, before it can be granted an “18″ rating certificate (equivalent to North America’s “R” rating). the decision is raising more than a few eyebrows, as well as the issue of censorship in horror cinema.
WOLFCOP, the cover boy for this month’s issue of Rue Morgue, hits the ground running for a limited run at select theatres across Canada. Tickets are now on sale for what’s shaping up to be a bloody good time at the cinema. Need more convincing? Check out the celebrity (and oh-so Canadian) testimonial after the jump.